Genomind Blog

  • Elyse Fox's "Sad Girls Club" Challenges the Narrative about Women of Color and Mental Health

    The popular “Sad Girls Club” Instagram was started as a community-based effort to address the silence and lack of mental health support for women of color after girls and women reached out to Instagrammer and mental health advocate, Elyse Fox, expressing their need for mentors. It all started with her small film project “Conversations with Friends,” which follows her year-long

  • Mental Health Month: A Perspective

    May is Mental Health Month in the U.S., a time to start conversations about mental health and educate the public about mental illness. Mental illness is incredibly prevalent in the United States; in fact, 34% of Americans report having been diagnosed with a mental illness or have a friend or family member who has been. At Genomind, we’re striving to

  • Prince Harry Opens Up About His Mental Health

    For two decades, Prince Harry remained mostly silent about the death of his mother, Princess Diana. Now, he has opened up about the death of his mother and how it affected his mental health. Prince Harry shared in a recent interview with the Telegraph that in his late 20s, he crumbled and experienced two years of “total chaos.” He felt

  • Royals Launch Mental Health Film Series with Heads Together Campaign

    The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge launched a campaign called Heads Together to open up conversations around mental health and help end stigma. Now, they are launching a 10-part film series showcasing the perspectives of different individuals and discussing their mental health was life-changing. The #oktosay films feature a variety of people–including parents, musicians, and actors–talking about how acknowledging their

  • Exploring Genetic Causes of Autism

    April is Autism Awareness Month, when people and organizations across the world strive to raise awareness about the condition. In recognition of this month, one of our co-founders, Dr. Jay Lombard, explores the genetic causes of autism. Autism is a complex developmental disorder believed to be based on a number of genetic factors, but so far scientists haven’t identified the

  • UK Teens Are Struggling With Mental Illness, But Teachers Lack Skills to Help

    Rates of anxiety and depression have increased by 70 percent in the past 25 years among teenagers in the United Kingdom, according to stem4. A large number of teenagers say they experience “emotional distress” and don’t have teachers with the skills to help them with their mental health issues. In a survey conducted by stem4 of 500 secondary school students,

  • Dealing with Depression at College

    By a patient tested with the Genecept Assay  (The author of this piece prefers to remain anonymous) Mental health is something I’ve had to learn a lot about because of the challenges I’ve faced. I was diagnosed with major depression in my late teens, and more than a decade later took a medical leave from my graduate dual degree program

  • Julia, A Muppet With Autism, Joins The Cast Of 'Sesame Street'

    The classic children’s television show Sesame Street will be introducing a new character on the air for the first time in a decade. Her name is Julia – she’s a shy 4-year-old who likes to paint, pick flowers, and play with her friends. Julia also has autism. When presenting Julia on the show, other Muppets will help explain her differences and

  • Glenn Close and Patrick Kennedy Discuss the Weight of Mental Illness

    What do Glenn Close and Patrick Kennedy have in common? They both have been personally affected by mental illness, and they’ve been advocating for better mental health awareness and treatment. For Close, the catalyst was when her sister came to her and said, “I need your help because I can’t stop thinking about killing myself.” Her sister wasn’t properly diagnosed

  • Chrissy Teigen Opens Up About Her Postpartum Depression

    Chrissy Teigen is a model, best-selling cookbook author, TV host and the wife of musician John Legend. She admits she’s an “open book,” but there is one thing she didn’t share publicly until recently – that after giving birth to her daughter, she developed postpartum depression. According to the Centers for Disease and Prevention, about one in nine women are